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Swedish Counterterrorism Policy: An Intersection Between Prevention and Mitigation


Swedish Counterterrorism Policy: An Intersection Between Prevention and Mitigation

Abstract: 

The aim of this article is to analyze how and why Swedish counterterrorism policy has changed since 2001. It raises the issue of how counterterrorism interacts with other factors on the governmental agenda, which priorities are made, and how these can be understood. Although much empirical evidence on the real political influence of emergent interagency networks is still lacking in the case of Sweden, an attempt is made here to analyze the importance of focusing events. In the light of the Swedish national strategy for counterterrorism, the article analyzes the content of annual reports from the Swedish Security Service. The article also explores linkages between the counterterrorism and crisis management literatures, and argues that the reassuring overtones in Swedish counterterrorism policy of late can be understood not only as the result of changes in threat perception and policy, but also in institutional change.

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Full Citation: 

Strandh, Veronica and Niklas Eklund. 2015. "Swedish Counterterrorism Policy: An Intersection Between Prevention and Mitigation." Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 38 (March): 359-379. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2015.1009799

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